Coatesville Celebrates Centennial Anniversary


Chester County’s only city celebrated its centennial anniversary, marking 100 years since Coatesville was incorporated as a third class city on April 27, 1915. Coatesville was a borough before its citizens voted to turn it into a city.

Some 300 people attended the Coatesville Centennial Celebration, which was organized by the Brandywine Health Foundation at the city’s train station at Fleetwood Street and Third Avenue.

The celebration began at 10 a.m. with a performance by the Coatesville Area Senior High Marching Band, accompanied by four Air Force JROTC cadets.

Several people from the Coatesville community, as well as local, state and federal elected officials, gave speeches during the celebration.

Aadil Malik, a spoken-word poet who lives in the Philadelphia area, performed his poem, “Bypassed,” which deals with themes pertaining to misconceptions about Coatesville. Malik is also working on an interactive, web-based documentary about the city of Coatesville called “Bypassed: The Coatesville Project.”

Check out Aadil’s poem below:


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